MANILA (UPDATE)—A low-pressure area (LPA) monitored off Catanduanes may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Saturday.
Weather specialist Gener Quitlong said the brewing storm will be named Hanna, the eight tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the LPA was spotted 1,135 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes. Its trough is affecting parts of Western Visayas and Bicol Region.
Meanwhile, wet weather is expected to prevail in many parts of the country on weekend due to the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.
A tropical storm with international name Wipha, located at the extreme section of northern Luzon, continues to intensify the habagat.
Quitlong said another tropical storm with international name Francisco was spotted over the Pacific Ocean, but will not likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
Monsoon rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Mindoro provinces.
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
PAGASA early Saturday placed Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal and Zambales under yellow-alert level and warned of possible flooding in the said areas.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains will affect Zambales, Quezon, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas and may persist within 3 hours.